Pizza Margherita

Fresh Margherita Pizza Ready to Serve

Now that the Weber has been set up as a pizza oven it is time to put it to the test with this simple Pizza Margherita recipe. 

Pizza Margherita is made of three main ingredients, tomato, mozzarella cheese and basil

Prepare the dough before preparing the grill. This allows enough time for the dough to proof while the grill is heating up.

Use Jamie Oliver’s Basic Pizza Dough recipe for the dough, adjusting for the amount needed, in my case 2.

Fresh Pizza Dough

A fresh container of locally produced Clevedon Buffalo Mozzarella goes great on a Margherita.  Slice the mozzarella and dry on some paper does so the moisture of the cheese does not make the dough soggy during cooking.

The sauce is full of tomatoes that adding sliced tomato is not necessary. The sauce is made up of a tin of crushed Italian tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil and a bit of salt. Very similar to Jamie Olivers sauce.

Margherita Pizza on a Paddle

A very basic pizza by all means, but this doesn’t mean that it isn’t packed full of flavour.

Leave the fresh basil until after the pizza is cooked, it’s better that way.

Margherita Pizza Ready for Basil

Set up and cook the pizza as per the instructions on the Using the Weber as a Pizza Oven post.

I hope that you enjoy this as much as I did.

Pizza Margherita
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Pizza
Cuisine: Barbecue
Serves: 2
For the dough
  • 400g white flour
  • 100g wheat flour
  • ½ tspn salt
  • 7g packet bread yeast
  • ½ tbsp caster sugar
  • 325ml warm water
For the sauce
  • 400g Delmaine tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tspn sea salt
  • 1 tspn olive oil
  • Fresh basil
For each pizza
  • 1x 125g Clevedon buffalo mozzarella cheese, sliced and dried
  • 1x ball of fresh pizza dough
  • Half of the tomato sauce
  • Fresh basil, sliced
For the dough
  1. Follow the instructions on Jamie Oliver's recipe
BBQ Setup
  1. Prepare the Weber for high direct heat with a pizza stone
For the sauce
  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan
  2. Add minced garlic and cook until golden
  3. Add the tomatoes and basil and simmer gently for 20 minutes
Constructing the pizza
  1. Roll out dough balls on a floured pizza paddle
  2. With the spoon spread on the pizza sauce from the centre
  3. Top with the mozzarella slices
  4. When the Weber has reached cooking temperature transfer pizza to pizza stone and cook for 4-10 minutes (depending on how hot you have managed to get the Weber and stone)
  5. Remove pizza from Weber with pizza paddle and top with sliced fresh basil, cut into four pieces and serve immediately


Did your pizza come out as delicious as this? Let me know in the comments below.

Fresh Margherita Pizza Slice

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  1. Anne|Craving Something Healthy · March 10, 2014

    I LOVE grilled pizza! I always put it right on the rack though, never thought to use a pizza stone for some reason. Will have to try it if the snow ever melts 🙂 Great photos BTW!

    • Scott · March 10, 2014

      Pizza stone will ensure you get a nice crispy crust 🙂

  2. shobelyn · March 10, 2014

    Haven’t tried grilled pizza. I am curious how it would taste. But with the basil in it, I am sure this is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • Scott · March 10, 2014

      Similar to a woodfired pizza 🙂

  3. Maggie · March 10, 2014

    It’s quite amazing you can shorten cooking time to even 4 minutes! Quite amazing pizza crust and the pizza do looks delicious!
    Although I love the simple toppings too, but I can’t help to add some pepperoni on top. 🙂

    • Scott · March 10, 2014

      Traditionally a pizza cook time should be 90 seconds. The longer it is cooking, the higher the risk of ruining the crust is 🙂 My plan is to get my Weber hotter! Will do this by cooking with fire wood – watch this space 🙂

  4. Christel · March 10, 2014

    Genius! I so want to give this a go! <3

    • Scott · March 10, 2014

      Will you try on a charcoal bbq or in an oven?

  5. Femke · March 10, 2014

    This post has taught me that I need to invest in a grill. And a house with a backyard. 🙂

    • Scott · March 10, 2014

      Femke, backyard is essential 🙂